It doesn’t matter what the stress is.
What matters is the way the stress is perceived. Mindfulness-based practices like yoga and meditation can help change the way we see what’s already there; it’s a tool that teaches us to become aware of our options. When external events in our lives can’t be changed, we can instead change the way we view the stress. This can make a profound difference in how day-to-day life is experienced. Yoga has been shown to lower levels of cortisol — the stress hormone — as well as perceived stress in ways that foster a more serene workplace.
A corporate yoga program is designed to increase well-being for employees’ optimal health, productivity and performance. All-levels classes are offered in a safe and comfortable environment for exploring balance, mindfulness and inner strength.
The returns on wellness programs go way beyond healthy and happy employees. A study by Towers Watson Wyatt and the National Business Group on Health shows that organizations with highly-effective wellness programs report significantly lower voluntary attrition. And an internal assessment by Johnson & Johnson found that the return on their wellness programs have been $2.71 for every dollar spent. Since nearly 50% of corporate healthcare costs are said to be lifestyle-related (and therefore potentially preventable), savvy organizations are also investing in prevention and well-being.
Six ways yoga can improve workplace productivity
Increases energy + reduces fatigue
Yoga is the only form of exercise known to increase flexibility, strength, balance, concentration and breath capacity while reducing stress and anxiety. The practice also helps boost morale and interpersonal communication.
Yoga class styles
VINYASA // Sanskrit for “arranging something in a special way,” this popular style of yoga links breath with movement. Flowing from one posture to the next provides an added cardiovascular benefit, which in turn creates internal heat.
SLOW FLOW // Similar in structure to a vinyasa class, this slower-paced class allows students to explore their edge and build muscular strength. Expect mindful movement + breath while holding each posture for 3-5 breaths.
YIN // An introspective practice featuring floor-based poses held for 3-5 minutes each, yin yoga mainly influences the lower half of the body. The hips, pelvis, lower spine and inner thighs are especially rich in connective tissue; influencing the flow of energy to these areas can improve flexibility by accessing deeper layers of fascia. Yin yoga is a wonderful complement to a vinyasa-based practice.
Christina’s previous stint in the corporate world means she’s uniquely qualified to offer customized yoga classes as well as meditation & mindfulness. Interested in establishing a well-being program for your organization? Click below to drop her a line.